For score and one year ago, I moved to the great city of New York. I had four suitcases and a new apartment. I was about to start my first "big boy" job, but that was about all I knew. I was in for an adventure, which excited and frightened me all at the same time. One of the first things that really lit up the sky for me last year was the Fourth of July fireworks. I watched them with hundreds upon hundreds of people I'd never met and would probably never see again. That didn't matter, though, because we were celebrating America.
Little did I know that I would meet so many wonderful friends over the next few months. So this year, I wasn't alone with strangers; I was with folks that had been a part of the #drewinthecity journey as it grew and developed. It's a wonderful feeling when something comes around again, and you're able to reflect on the things felt when you experienced it before and compare those feelings, noting growth and change. While July 4th isn't the anniversary of my moving to the city, it sure is a great way to celebrate in style.
The weekend began with a riverboat dinner along the Hudson. The North River Lobster Company provides an exciting atmosphere for hanging out as you cruise from 41st St up to about 90th St. While the food turnaround time wasn't as quick as expected, we still enjoyed the water and gazed up and down the island at such an incredible view. (There's also good music and great people watching while on board—and it's free to board.)
Saturday's events commenced with a trek over to Coney Island. My friend Jordan and I have always wanted to see Nathan's Famous hotdog eating contest, so we journeyed down with a mission: see people eat hotdogs, ride carnival rides, and then eat our own hotdogs. While the weather wasn't the greatest, the rest shaped up to be quite successful—the reigning champs were dethroned, we got Morgan on a roller coaster, and we stuffed our faces with hotdogs. #America
After all of that fun and miles upon miles of subway riding, the night concluded with some of the best fireworks one can ever hope to see. They were along the East River again, so we watched them from Brooklyn. With two 4th of July weekends under my belt, I'm convinced that not much is better in terms of aerial shots than fireworks atop the Manhattan skyline. See it for yourself!
I'm thrilled that this is the first event that I've now done twice while living in the city. I'm also thrilled that the #drewinthecity experience is officially launched. I hope you'll continue to follow and participate in the journey as Year 2 continues. God Bless America!